It’s all about Celtic

Celtic have not relied on anyone else so far this season and assistant boss Chris Davies insists they are not about to start now.

Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Hoops can wrap up the Ladbrokes Premiership title against Dundee on Sunday if second-place Aberdeen lose at home to Hearts tomorrow.

But Davies is not keeping his fingers crossed for a Dons slip up at Pittodrie.

He said: “It’s something I’m obviously aware could happen but it’s not something we’ve spoken about or focused on.

“For that to happen it would involve us relying on someone else.

“But what we’ve done this season is rely purely on ourselves.

“That is what we will always do so we are focusing on Dundee. They had a good February and Paul Hartley was named manager of the month and rightly so.

“We know it’s going to be a really difficult game so we’re just focusing on the game plan and how we can perform. We can control that. We can’t control at Aberdeen.

“If it happens then great but it’s not something we’re worried about.”

Rodgers inherited a team that had already clocked up five successive league crowns under former bosses Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila.

But he has taken the side to a new level with the introductions of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair – who alone have contributed an astonishing 50 goals between them.

The likes of Scott Brown, James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong have also been rejuvenated under the ex-Liverpool boss.

With a massive 25-point lead at the top of the table it would only be human nature if Celtic were to take their foot of the gas.

But Davies says their relentless pursuit of perfection is testament to Rodgers’ determination and that is why the Parkhead side will not slow down even once the flag is claimed.

He explained: “The team haven’t let up at all. We had 28 domestic wins on the bounce [before Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers] – we’re still 35 games undefeated.

“You can’t take that for granted what level you have to be at there.

“It’s a culture we’ve tried to instil from day one. The manager has made it clear that we are here to be winners and at our best every single day. That culture has spread and we’re here where we are today.

“In any team, [repeated success] comes down to the leadership. The manager we have is a winner. He will do it every day and will never stop.

“That creates that feeling you always have to do more. At a massive club like this you need a strong leader.

“The leadership within the team is important too. Scott Brown is a fantastic leader. He doesn’t just want to do it in the games.

“He does it in every drill in training, even when he’s warming up and that is so important to creating that winning culture.”

Rodgers admitted last week that the late slip up which allowed Clint Hill to snatch a draw for Rangers at Celtic Park was just the wake-up call his side would need ahead of next month’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final showdown.

But Davies does not believe his side need to drastically improve their performance at Dens Park on Sunday.

He said: “The manager is spot on. I do think last week’s result will help us for the semi-final.

“But we don’t need to see a special reaction. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing.

“The most important thing is that the mentality is right going into the games.

“We’re already there [in terms of performance]. It was just that last little pass wasn’t quite there last week but we’re confident we can get the result this weekend.”

Celtic have not relied on anyone else so far this season and assistant boss Chris Davies insists they are not about to start now.

Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Hoops can wrap up the Ladbrokes Premiership title against Dundee on Sunday if second-place Aberdeen lose at home to Hearts tomorrow.

But Davies is not keeping his fingers crossed for a Dons slip up at Pittodrie.

He said: “It’s something I’m obviously aware could happen but it’s not something we’ve spoken about or focused on.

“For that to happen it would involve us relying on someone else.

“But what we’ve done this season is rely purely on ourselves.

“That is what we will always do so we are focusing on Dundee. They had a good February and Paul Hartley was named manager of the month and rightly so.

“We know it’s going to be a really difficult game so we’re just focusing on the game plan and how we can perform. We can control that. We can’t control at Aberdeen.

“If it happens then great but it’s not something we’re worried about.”

Rodgers inherited a team that had already clocked up five successive league crowns under former bosses Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila.

But he has taken the side to a new level with the introductions of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair – who alone have contributed an astonishing 50 goals between them.

The likes of Scott Brown, James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong have also been rejuvenated under the ex-Liverpool boss.

With a massive 25-point lead at the top of the table it would only be human nature if Celtic were to take their foot of the gas.

But Davies says their relentless pursuit of perfection is testament to Rodgers’ determination and that is why the Parkhead side will not slow down even once the flag is claimed.

He explained: “The team haven’t let up at all. We had 28 domestic wins on the bounce [before Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers] – we’re still 35 games undefeated.

“You can’t take that for granted what level you have to be at there.

“It’s a culture we’ve tried to instil from day one. The manager has made it clear that we are here to be winners and at our best every single day. That culture has spread and we’re here where we are today.

“In any team, [repeated success] comes down to the leadership. The manager we have is a winner. He will do it every day and will never stop.

“That creates that feeling you always have to do more. At a massive club like this you need a strong leader.

“The leadership within the team is important too. Scott Brown is a fantastic leader. He doesn’t just want to do it in the games.

“He does it in every drill in training, even when he’s warming up and that is so important to creating that winning culture.”

Rodgers admitted last week that the late slip up which allowed Clint Hill to snatch a draw for Rangers at Celtic Park was just the wake-up call his side would need ahead of next month’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final showdown.

But Davies does not believe his side need to drastically improve their performance at Dens Park on Sunday.

He said: “The manager is spot on. I do think last week’s result will help us for the semi-final.

“But we don’t need to see a special reaction. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing.

“The most important thing is that the mentality is right going into the games.

“We’re already there [in terms of performance]. It was just that last little pass wasn’t quite there last week but we’re confident we can get the result this weekend.”